New Free-for-Members Program

Introducing our new MWG Book Chats – virtual events to access from the comfort of your own home!

They will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Each evening starts with a Featured Published Author, followed by a brief Q&A. After the Q&A, we’ll have an Open Mic where members can share their writing, about 5 minutes per reading. We have quite a line-up of Manitoba Writers willing to participate, for which we are truly grateful.

All members can participate – and it’s free!

Sign-up in advance, via emails to the Guild (, to receive the on-line invites to join the Zoom meetings. Please let us know if you would also like to read something during the Open Mic segment.

Our first chat occurred on May 13, 7:00 pm and featured Margaret Sweatman.


In case you have not met Margaret Sweatman, here are some things you should know:


Margaret Sweatman is a novelist, playwright, poet, and performer (vocalist and harmonica). Her plays have been produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, Popular Theatre Alliance and the Guelph Spring Festival. She has performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra, as well as with her own Broken Songs Band and other new music ensembles. Her stories and poetry are published in Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Contemporary Verse 2 and elsewhere. Margaret’s writing has won the Rogers Writers Trust Award for Fiction, the Carol Shields Award, the Margaret Laurence Award, the McNally Robinson Award, and the Sunburst Award.


(To purchase any novel by Margaret go to your favourite bookstore or use the links below.)

Mr. Jones (Goose Lane 2014)

“Prose as lyrical and transparent as Ondaatje, as political astute and fiercely clear-eyed as Didion. “

— Lisa Moore, author of February and Caught

The Players (Goose Lane 2009)

“… magical … a wonderfully humourous tale ….”
— Andrew Armitage, The Sun Times

When Alice Lay Down with Peter (Knopf 2001)

“… hurtles forward with wit and vitality, deeply satisfying and inspiring.”
— Charlotte Gray, The National Post

Sam and Angie (Turnstone Press 1996)

…  gripping … the elegance, precision, and beauty with which the story is told.”

Letters in Canada, 1996

Fox (Turnstone Press 1992, reissued 2017)

an utterly brilliant novel … both intimate and epic.”
The Globe and Mail


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March news

In light of the COVID -19 situation, the ArtSpace building is closed to the public. As a result the Manitoba Writers’ Guild will be conducting our business virtually by monitoring and responding to emails only, There will not be anybody in the office to answer phone inquiries. All scheduled events will be postponed until … Read more


We will begin accepting submissions to the Manitoba Book Awards in September with a deadline being in mid-November. For further information, go to We will also be accepting applications for Mentors and Apprentices to the Sheldon Oberman Mentorship Program, beginning in September with the deadline for applications being November 30, 2020. For further information, … Read more

Upcoming meetings

We are planning to have a town hall meeting with members and stakeholders to share the output from the strategic planning process we are in the process of completing. It is the intention to have a face to face meeting but this will obviously depend on the extent of the present health crisis. The venue … Read more

Strategic Planning

Following our member survey last year, it was decided by the Board of Directors to undertake a Strategic Planning exercise to provide a firm foundation for the future direction and activities of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild. Thanks to the generous support of the Winnipeg Foundation we have secured the services of Blueprint Inc to help … Read more